Chocolate Avocado Cake

I just wrote this to my daughter.    

“A woman came in to the cafe where I was sitting today, followed by her boyfriend who smacked her hard across the head with a straight arm as she reeled bodily! I cuddled her and he came back in and ooooh, you should have heard my rapid-fire Spanish, probably not correct but in higher and higher tones. He looked scared of me as the restaurant people gathered and I kept repeating, ‘You NEVER hit a woman, ever!’ until the woman started saying it to him too. And they were gonna call the police for us. Don’t know if the woman let them.By that time the men in front of the cafe and especially one of the waiters was carrying him bodily out. Yay!

She was about late 20s, I guess. And of course i was acting on the part of all the women of the world. No staff or customers were there at that particular moment. No one saw it but me. Ooooh,I was shaking I was so mad. The people were surprised at my wrath, especially being that they hadn’t seen the brutal hit. But everyone was compassionate with her. Whew. What if I wasn’t there at that moment? The act would have been unseen. She said it was the third time and was crying so hard. All in Spanish, from Peru, a traveler. I told her never to go back to him, and he came back in and said he was taking all his stuff out of the house, as the men escorted him out once again. And she said he couldn’t go alone because she couldn’t trust him and all that. Anyway, whew. I haven’t heard myself so angry in so long. “

Just thought I’d share it with you. So dramatic, so fast happening in time, then all that’s left is the shaking self.

dsc_6828Recipe of the Day – Chocolate Avocado Cake

•An avocado contains more potassium than a banana. Avocados have 14% and a banana contains 10%!


3 c. gluten-free flours (1 cup of haba, coconut flour and rice flour)
5 T.  cacao powder
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. olive oil
1 ripe avocado, mashed until smooth
2 c. mint tea or water
2 T.  apple cider vinegar
2 pinches vanilla powder or 2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. coconut sugar

2 ripe avocados, mashed until smooth
1 c. coconut sugar
5 T. cacao powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit or 177 Celsius.
  2. Grease and flour two 9” round cake pans. In a large bowl, whisk first five ingredients. In another bowl, whisk olive oil and next four ingredients. Once combined, add sugar.
  3. Pour wet avocado mixture into flour mixture and mix well until smooth.
  4. Divide batter evenly between cake pans.
  5. Bake cake in two 9” round cake pans, checking for done-ness after 30 minutes with a knife or toothpick.
  6. To frost, allow cakes to cool in pans for at least ten minutes (better to let it cool completely), then turn out after 15 minutes to cool completely.
  7. Add a layer of frosting on first cake layer, then top with second cake layer. Add remaining frosting to the top of cake.

Word of the Day – aguacate – avocado

Tip of the Day – This is so worth making, to keep you off the bad stuff. My friends are saying they did it with coconut oil! I recommend not telling people avocado is in it, until after they remark how amazing it is!

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Mock-Chicken Salad

A Letter I wrote to my Sister 

“Oh my gosh, what angel did you send? Thank you! It was so weird, because I called the cleaning lady and she got the days mixed up. She was supposed to come this morning and clean the whole house before the guests get her, aagh! But then Wilson appeared and didn’t know why his work said there was no work today, and could he work for me. Well, I said I wouldn’t have had any money, but this lady didn’t come! So he worked so happily all day, trimmed the whole land with the weed whacker, repaired the grass hut roof, fixed the fan in the casita, carried the dog house up to guard the yoga platform for me, and took me into town and back. Wow! What an angel, right? Thanks!”

Recipe of the Day – Un-Chicken Salad


1 1/2 cups (soaked) cashews
1/4 c.( sprouted) sunflower seeds (soaked one day, sprouted 1- 1 1/2 days – optional)
juice from 1/2 lemon
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 garlic clove
dash of Himalayan rock salt, sea salt
dash pepper
1/4 tsp. thyme

1/2 an apple
1 celery stalk
1 green onion
sprinkle paprika

1. Add 1st 8 ingredients to a food processor Pulse a few seconds,  until it’s somewhat chunky.
2. Pour into a large bowl. Add chopped celery, apple, onion and paprika.
3. Mix everything together by hand. Pour into egg cups, use as a dip, or fill lettuce leaves or raw crackers Sprinkle with pepper and paprika. Chill.

Yellow Coconut Curry Paste (mix with coconut milk when you need it)
1 tsp. curry powder
1 T. nutritional yeast
1 T. psyllium seed
1-2 red chilies (or substitute green), depending on desired spiciness, OR 1/2 to 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 shallots (or 1 small cooking onion)
1 thumb-size piece Galangal OR ginger, sliced horizontally
5-10  large cloves garlic
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. whole cumin seed
1/8 tsp. fresh nutmeg, OR substitute cinnamon
3/4 tsp. dried turmeric OR 1 thumb-size piece fresh turmeric, minced
1 Tbsp. coconut crystal
1-2 fresh or frozen kaffir lime leaves, snipped into small pieces with scissors (discard central stem), OR substitute bay leaf
1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice

Directions: Mix all together. Add this paste to  Mix 14 ounces of coconut milk whenever you need it. Let stand to thicken.

Word of the Day – pollo – chicken

Tip of the Day – – If you’re not eating meat, this is a great way to go, as you get the saltiness and the protein, and it tastes so good!

All Parts of the Dandelion and What They’re Good For

“How are you doing camping on the yoga the yoga platform?” my sister asks. “So good, so far! I’ve got it all set up with my solar shower and blender. And I forgot how beautiful the night smells are, the jasmine, wow! To go to sleep like that, where I can smell the sweet scents, lay snuggled under the warm blankets, and literally fall asleep under the stars peeking through the screen window of my tent. So wonderful.”

ex_banner_oif_floralondonensisRecipe of the Day –

All Parts of the Dandelion and What They’re Good For

Over 10,000 people have watched this video!

The dandelion is one of the top 4 greens in the world! Use the roots to control your blood sugar and stimulate digestion. Eat them raw, dried, roasted, ground, or as a tea.
Use the flowers as a liver tonic and diuretic, for boils, skin infections, T.B. as a tea, wine, in salads, jellies, even fritters!
Use the leaves – for potassium, antioxidants, vitamins A and C. Use the new plants, small and tender in salads, teas, raw, boiled, steamed, sauteed.
I take up the whole plant from the root, dry it and make a daily tea as a liver tonic.

Word of the Day – el diente de leon- dandelion

Tip of the Day – Don’t just dig those dandelions out of your yard and thrown them away! Use the whole thing. You’ll be a forager!

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M’s Blender Pea Soup

Moved into the Cacoons, the hanging tents for the month. Yet, the money coming from the people living here while they look for a place to live, surely, indeed helps. This isn’t the first time people have come here from the States, a bit shell-shocked, culture-shocked, deer-in-the-headlights-look. I will help as much as I can.

peasoup1Recipe of the Day – M’s Pea Soup


2 c. Split peas

6 c. Veggie broth

1 c. Water if needed for blending

1 Sweet potato, peeled and chopped into cubes

1/2 c. Browned onions

3 Garlic cloves

1 handful Spinach, if desire

optional – 1/2 c. tomatoes, 1 c. broccoli

And then I blend it all till smooth.


Word of the Day – abeja – peas


Tip of the Day – I add a pinch of cumin, 1 tsp. paprika, (Hungarian is best!) and Coconut or Bragg’s aminos to this recipe. Serve with a cup of brown rice.

Henna Hair Mix

I just want to send out a thank you to everyone who donates to the site. Not just money, which is so dang helpful, but the kind, motivational  words. I feel so redundant saying, “I’m so grateful, how blessed am I, la la la,” But, gosh, dang it. If you all don’t keep helping me and each other, helping the universe provide, then what are we here for? Thank you, thank you! So much…

Like the girl from Disney’s “Brave”

Recipe of the Day – Henna Hair Mix

for 1 application Medium length hair :
1 c. Henna powder, your choice of colo
1 c. black tea, steeped 3 or more minutes
1 T. Aloe Vera gel
1 Egg


  1. Mix all ingredients together, and let stand for one hour.
  2. Then wash your hair, and towel dry for a few minutes.
  3. Lightly apply coconut oil to your hair and massage all over the scalp
  4. Wearing gloves to prevent any color from staining your hands,
    start from the front, take few strands of hair, apply from bottom to top.
  5. Make sure the mixture gets to the scalp and rub it in while it tingles. It’s actually meant to bring kundalini to the top of the head!
  6. Put the hair into a bun and cover with a plastic bag.
  7. Meditate while you let it sit on the hair for 2-3 hours before rinsing in cold water. If kept longer can get too dry and difficult to rinse off.
  8. If you are not looking for darker color you can rinse off in one hour. I do mine for 1 hour, 15 minutes.

Word of the Day – pelo – hair

Tip of the Day –
Use this every 3-4 weeks for healthy hair and promoting hair growth. So nice not to put chemicals on your head, that seep down into your brain, yikes!

Onion Ring Veggie Coating

When I first heard someone wanted to rent my “big house,” I had mixed feelings! It’s hard to leave my beautiful new house, not even a year old. Great to share it with a family making “the big move,” to Ecuador from the States. Hard to mourn my new space. Great to camp in the yoga platform again. It’s magical up there. It actually makes me happy. But where did I get all this stuff in two years? I came with two suitcases!

powderRecipe of the Day – Sauce for Dipping/Coating

1 red (or yellow) bell
4 T. brazil nuts (or pecans)
the juice of 3 limes
2 T. nutritional yeast
2 tsp. chickpea miso (or coconut aminos)
pinch chili pepper flakes
2 tsp. turmeric

options: 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
juice of 1/2 orange
1 T. olive oil
1/8 tsp. salt


  1. Thinly slicee the onions. The thinner they are, the sweeter!
  2. Combine all in a food processor until it makes a nice, even sauce.
  3. Coat or dip veggies of choice.
  4. Lay evenly all around dehydrator, not overlapping
  5. If you like crunchy veggies, dehydrate onion rings for 18 hours at 105 degrees Fahrenheit, and kale/greens for 12 hours.

Word of the Day – mover – to move

Tip of the Day -This is an “Oh, my gosh” delectable salty snack. For those craving a perfect crispy-something or quick pick-me-up, for kids and adults, this is the perfect idea to have around to keep you from eating unhealthy, fat- and sugar-filled foods! Add your own tasty herbs for a differences in taste.

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Avo and Basil Zucchini Pasta

You know, I’ve been doing raw food for youtube for years and years before I came to Ecuador. I’ve got some videos for Tai Chi, but mostly, like 300 for raw food recipes, that I show you how to make! Here are the URLs if you want to check some recipes out.                             

img_2375editRecipe of the Day – Avo Basil Zucchini Pasta

1 zucchini, spiralized into noodles


1 avocado

juice of  1 lemon

1/4 c. fresh basil basil

salt and pepper to taste

2 garlic cloves, minced


  1. Cut Zucchini into noodle shapes, using a spiralizer, or paring knife
  2. I eat my noodles raw, but you can also boil them for a few minutes to soften them up!
  3. Blend avocado, lemon, basil, salt, pepper and garlic in a food processor or blender until creamy
  4. Pour over zucchini.
  5. Top with tomatoes, sunflowers seeds, nutritional yeast.

Word of the Day – receta – recipe

Tip of the Day – Without a spiralizer you can shred the zucchini by hand.

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Coconut Sesame Halvah

An up-coming visitor writes, “Dorothy, I’d love to hear about where you came from and how you found Vilcabamba.”      

I get asked that a lot. “I came from Bozeman, Montana. About 12 years ago, my family was sitting around the dinner table, when my daughter and her husband said, “We keep hearing about this place called Vilcabamba, Ecuador. ” And I said, “Hey, that’s funny, because Matt and Angela Monarch keep sending their vids of Vilcabamba.” Then there was silence as my husband said, “I’ve been researching Vilca for three years as a place to retire.” Wow. After another stunned silence, I said, “We HAVE to go there.” And thus started our trips here! The Monarchs invited us to their house on our first trip, and bought a place the year before we did. Funny, huh?”


1  c. sesame seeds, soaked 40 minutes to overnight. (1 c. tahini)
3 T coconut oil, softened
1/2 c. coconut, dried, unsweetened
1/3 c.  honey
dash salt

  1. Directions:
    Mix together all ingredients, by hand or in a food processor, depending on how crumbly you like it.
  2. Pat into 8″ square pan.
  3. Chill overnight or freeze for 2-4 hours.
  4. Top with chocolate sauce, if desired.
  5. Cut into squares.
  6. You can use other things such as dates, prunes, date paste, dried cherries, apricots, toasted coconut, cocoa powder or other nuts and flavorings, a dropper of chocolate extract, or even 1 T. cinnamon!

Word of the Day – visita – visit

Tip of the Day – Make this for a quick travel snack. It will give you and your family sweet energy!

Lime No-Cheese Cheesecake

I’d been wondering where Tiko was getting out again. I checked all the lowest parts, but couldn’t find anywhere he was getting out! Finally, when the horses were driven by, his greatest temptation, I didn’t stop him or call to him, but watched as Tiko jumped over the highest point in the fence. At the top of my head stood two bamboo poles, and Tiko cleared them without effort. Just sailed over them. The call of the horses will do that.

Recipe of the Day – Avo Lime Cheesecake

Crust Ingredients:

2 c. Oats

dash salt

1/2 c. Shredded coconut

3 soaked dates

1/2 c. Water to soak the dates

1 T. Coconut oil


  1. Soak the dates for 10 minutes, in a little water.
  2. Save the water and use it to moisten the crust.
  3. Pit the dates, and process in the food processor with the other ingredients until it starts to form a ball.
  4. Press into the lightly-greased, bottom of a 9-inch pie plate, with fingers or a fork.

Filling Ingredients:

2 avocados
¼ c. lime juice
¼ c. liquid sweetener (honey, coconut syrup, agave) or 3 drops Stevia liquid
1 tsp. coconut oil
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 limes


  1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend,
  2. Pour over crust.
  3. Chill 1-2 hours or more, until set.

Word of the Day- saltar – to jump

Tip of the Day – Have this for breakfast, it’s so good for you!

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Coconut Kale Smoothie

This isn’t  a very good way to start a post, but there you go. I got food poisoning. And it wasn’t an Ecuadorian food. It was from the coconut oil from the Wal-Mart in Bozeman, Mt. The first day I tasted it in some chocolate, I thought maybe I had too much. Nausea. I just couldn’t believe it was from the coconut oil. The second time I tried it in some oat cookies. My whole belly swelled up and I had nausea all day. So you’d think I would get the message, right? But, no. A few days later I made a different set of gluten-free oat cookies, same recipe and ingredients I always use. This time, nausea all day, including the swelling of the whole stomach area. Then, I threw up off and on for three hours. Yikes. The only thing I could swallow was a leaf of buscapina and mint. And the next day, a green smoothie went down nice and easy. Here it is!

A friend in town rubbed my back, sore from the kidneys being taxed. And then paid for my taxi home so I wouldn’t have to ride my bike. What! I am loved. It sure felt nice to be taken care of.

Curly Kale and CoconutRecipe of the Day – Coconut Kale Smoothie


1 frozen banana, peeled

1 orange, peeled and seeded

1 medium carrot, chopped

3 c. kale leaves

1 c. tea, almond or coconut milk



Word of the Day: blend – mezcla

Tip of the Day: Drink the green juices and smoothies immediately, before they lose their vitamins and oxidize. The calm alkalinity sure feels good on an upset tummy!

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